WPL weekend preview

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Only two points separate the top three as we enter Matchday 14 with Cardiff Met leading the way in the Welsh Premier League.

Friday, 17 November

Connah’s Quay v Bangor City | Friday – 19:45
Connah’s Quay face another tough test this weekend following their 1-1 draw at Bala Town last Friday night.

Andy Morrison will have been disappointed in the manner his side conceded a late penalty at Maes Tegid through a sloppy challenge from Danny Harrison.

Since losing 1-0 to Bangor back in September, Connah’s Quay are unbeaten in their last nine matches (7 WPL, 2 League Cup).

Bangor City are back up to 4th place after winning their last two matches (New 0-2 Ban, Ban 3-2 Aber).

The Citizens have not lost any of their last four league games at the Deeside Stadium (since November 2014), but it will be a big ask for Kevin Nicholson’s men on Friday against title contenders, Connah’s Quay.

Last meeting:
Connah’s Quay 2-0 Bangor City (03/10/17) League Cup Second Round
Bangor City 1-0 Connah’s Quay (26/09/17)

Llandudno v The New Saints | Friday – 19:45
After losing to Barry Town in his first game in charge, things aren’t getting any easier for new Llandudno manager, Iwan Williams as he prepares to face the champions on Friday night.

Llandudno haven’t won any of their previous seven WPL encounters with The New Saints (drawn 1, lost 6).

TNS have won the last six matches between the two sides, and Llandudno have failed to score in their last three meetings.

Scott Ruscoe’s Saints will aim to regain top spot after knocking out Queen of the South in the Irn Bru Cup quarter final last weekend.

Llandudno have won only one of their last eight WPL games, but they will face three of the bottom four sides in the coming weeks and Iwan Williams will want nothing less than nine points from those matches.

Last meeting:
The New Saints 1-0 Llandudno (22/09/17)

Aberystwyth v Bala Town | Friday – 20:00
Aberystwyth are one of three clubs equal on 12 points near the bottom of the table, but a win on Friday would see Neville Powell’s side climb up to 9th position.

September 2014 was the last time Aberystwyth won at home against Bala Town in the WPL (4-0).

Aber’s two defenders are their top scorers this season – Declan Walker (4) & Jonny Spittle (3).

Bala Town are on a solid run of five games without defeat (won 4, drawn 1), and have shot up the table to 5th place.

Both clubs will meet again next month in the 3rd round of the Welsh Cup.

Last meeting:
Bala Town 1-1 Aberystwyth (29/09/17)

Saturday, 18 November

Newtown v Barry Town | Saturday – 14:00
Newtown start the weekend level on points with Aberystwyth and Prestatyn near the bottom of the table.

The Robins secured their first away win of the season at Carmarthen last weekend (0-2).

This will be Newtown’s second game within four days following their 1-0 loss at Cardiff Met in the League Cup semi final on Wednesday.

Barry Town are looking up towards the Top Six after two consecutive wins and two clean sheets (TNS 0-1 Barry, Barry 2-0 Llan).

Kayne McLaggon got himself on the score sheet once again last weekend – and as well as netting eight times this term, McLaggon has assisted the only other three goals his team has scored and has therefore contributed directly to 100% of Barry’s goals in the WPL this season.

Last meeting:
Barry Town 2-0 Newtown (09/09/17)

Carmarthen v Prestatyn | Saturday – 14:30
The bottom two go head-to-head at Richmond Park on Saturday in a relegation scrap.

Carmarthen start the weekend eight points from safety after losing 11 out of 13 WPL games this season.

The Old Gold haven’t picked up a single point from their four home games this season, scoring only once – from the spot against Connah’s Quay.

Since the league structure change in 2010, no side has had a worse start than Carmarthen after 13 games (4 points).

Prestatyn start the weekend in the relegation zone, level on points with Aberystwyth and Newtown.

Neil Gibson’s Seasiders have conceded at least twice in their last seven games and will have to tighten up defensively if they are to avoid the drop.

Carmarthen are the only side with no home wins this season, while Prestatyn are the only side with no away wins!

Last meeting:
Prestatyn 3-2 Carmarthen (07/10/17)

Sunday, 19 November

Cardiff Met v Cefn Druids | Sunday – 14:30
Cardiff Met have had a fabulous start to the season and will finish the weekend at the top of the table if they can overcome Cefn Druids at Cyncoed on Sunday afternoon.

Christian Edwards’ men have also managed to reach the League Cup final for the first time in their history following their 1-0 win against Newtown on Wednesday night.

The students have the best home record in the league, winning five from six with their only draw coming against the Saints.

Met’s no.1, Will Fuller has kept seven clean sheets in the WPL this season, more than any other keeper.

The Druids will be keen to get back on the playing field after 16 days of rest which may or may not have benefited Huw Griffths’ side who have also been performing above expectation this season.

This will be the fourth meeting between the sides in the WPL, and the Druids are yet to win, or score a single goal against Christian Edwards’ crew (0-3, 5-0, 0-0).

Last meeting:
Cefn Druids 0-3 Cardiff Met (12/08/17)

Highlights of all WPL matches will be on Sgorio every Monday at 5:35.